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Jean Abbott

Christian Speaker
Minneapolis Minnesota 55441

Rated 5/5 (10 Recommendations)
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Be Positive. Be Strong. Be You!!

Be Positive. Be Strong. Be You!!

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Location
Minneapolis, MN 55441
United States

Speaking Ministry Details

  • Salvation Date
  • 1976
  • Home Church
  • Saint Mary of the Lake
  • Relationship to Church
  • Member of
  • Available for
  • Business Speaker, Conferences, Keynotes, Published Author, Retreats, Workshops
  • Speaking Experience
  • Full Time (over 20 events per year)
  • Fee Range
  • Works with Your Budget

More About Jean Abbott


Since Jean's story appeared on the Today Show, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo!, and the U.K.'s "Daily Mail", an overwhelming number of people from around the world have contacted Jean to tell her how inspired they were by her miraculous journey from “wheels to heels”.  

Jean was misdiagnosed as a young child with a form of cerebral palsy. After 33 years of countless doctor visits, medical procedures, unnecessary medications and surgeries, she was correctly diagnosed with dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD).  In fact, she received the life changing news on Good Friday and stood independently for the first time in ten years on Easter Sunday!  Jean now enjoys all the adventures of her new life, but she wouldn't change the journey that brought her to where she is today. Her positive attitude is highly contagious as she encourages others to appreciate the little things in life.

Jean Abbott Speaking Topics


The Diagnostic Process: A Patient's Perspective

Jean shares the long and winding road to present and future medical professionals about receiving her correct diagnosis.  As an Expert Patient, Jean will make you laugh and cry...


Misdiagnosed: Be the Person You Were Meant To Be

Aren’t we all misdiagnosed or misunderstood in one way or another?  It is human nature to judge others based on first impressions; intelligent, athletic, driven, lazy, rich,...


Wheels to Heels: A Positive Purpose

 In her most requested presentation,  Jean shares her journey of misdiagnosis and how her sense of purpose along with a positive attitude enabled her to survive three decades...


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Jean Abbott Resources


Today Show Interview

In May 2015,  Jean discussed her medical misdiagnosis on The Today Show .    ...

Posted by Jean Abbott on 12/16/2017


Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had

As a young girl, Jean sat on the swing as her classmates raced across the playground and wondered "How do they do that?" As a teenager, she watched her friends go off on dates and thought, "Will anyone ever love me?" And when she was a young adult she realized that God has a plan. An absolutely wonderful plan. Jean Abbott's journey from wheels to heels is a powerful and uplifting story of faith and perseverance. As a young child, Jean Sharon Abbott was diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. After enduring three decades of countless doctors visits,...

Posted by Jean Abbott on 12/16/2017


Jean Abbott Recommendations


Submitted by Transfiguration Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jun 08, 2019

Melissa Klement

Jean was the highlight of our woman's retreat in May 2019. I highly recommend Jean. She arrived early and spent the morning participating with us. Her presentation was incredible - she shared her faith through her story of being misdiagnosed with levity, humor, and positivity. She was incredibly engaging and feedback was incredibly positive. Jean took the time to autograph every book purchased and chat with many participant at our event. I highly recommend Jean for your next event!

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Presbyterian Homes & Services on Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Denise Sheets

Jean came and spoke to our entire Human Resources team (about 70 people) for our annual meeting and Christmas party. She is one of the best speakers we have ever had (in the 9 years I've been here)! Her story was riveting, shocking, funny, sad, but most of all encouraging because she was able to show how God was working in her life the entire time, even when she didn't know what he was doing. I left there so filled with hope and motivation to work harder at appreciating all the blessings in my own life even through the challenges I am facing. I also left there more determined than ever to be a positive and hope fulled example to my husband who tends to dwell on the negative and miss God's loving hand in his own life. I am so glad I got to hear her speak.

  • On Topic

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  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Presbyterian Homes & Services on Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Summer Benoit Benefits Manager

Jean's story, as amazing as it is, made each person in the room feel like they had known her forever. Her calm presence and the way she added humor to a sensitive subject was great! Her message on appreciating the little things in life and that we are all here for a purpose was refreshing, meaningful, and thought provoking. As Jean shared her experience with medical procedures, multiple medications, and the physical limitations she had for so many years, the fact that she continued to stay positive through even the toughest times and that she relied on her faith in her family, friends, and most important, God, is truly an inspiration! Many Thanks for a wonderful event!

  • On Topic

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Submitted by Hope Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Linda Dahl

We were very pleased with Jean for our speaker for our ‘Spring Fling’. The ladies were very receptive to Jean. I would highly recommend Jean to other groups.

  • On Topic

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  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

Submitted by WELCA - Crosslake Lutheran Church on Monday, May 14, 2018

Judy Tender

Many,many women remarked on what a wonderful program you presented. It stirred up thoughts of mercy, grace, faith,forgiveness,perseverance and questioning what each would do in your situation. It was an excellent program. I highly recommend Jean Abbott.

  • On Topic

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  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Oak Hills Christian College on Monday, Mar 12, 2018

Matt Graf College Chaplain

Our students and staff were blessed to have Jean share her testimony with us. Her story of how she experienced God working in her life was engaging and full of hope. Jean's trust in God shone through her speaking. As I spoke to students after our chapel, they were encouraged about how God can take what the world sees has a very difficult situation and use it for His glory.

  • On Topic

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  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by St. Mary Of The Lake Catholic Church on Monday, Dec 18, 2017

Kathleen Pomerleau Director of Faith Formation

Wonderful presentation and inspiring to both youth and adults.

  • On Topic

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  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Church Of The Maternity Of The Blessed Virgin on Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Pat Loehlein

Jean Abbott's presentation at out church on September26, 2017 was excellent! Her story could be called a parable but one that is not a fictitious tale. She was very prepared, spoke clearly with a power point presentation. and certainly enthralled her audience.

  • On Topic

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  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Apple River Community Church Amery , Wi. on Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Betty Anderson Women's Ministries

I have heard only great things from our ladies and how much they enjoyed the morning spent with Jean and hearing her story. She is so real and loving. Her humor is so refreshing!!

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by St. Joe’s Reps on Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Winnie Collins. Chair of St. Joe's Reps

Jean is an accomplished speaker. She lived her story and is able to engage her audience. Jean uses humor to the right degree....not too much or too little. Her audience was captivated. I would recommend Jean as a speaker.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

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